What kind of power?
As we wind our way up the Balkan we ask around to everybody we meet. Conductors, railway people,friends and fellow passengers. How is this engine powered? How is the electricity produced? What are the carbon emission figures we can log for this stretch? If we get any clear answers , they are not very precise, to say the least. About 100 km of the Sofia – Beograd stretch is diesel powered , that is for sure. But there is an ongoing railway strike in Serbia which makes the company search for emergency solutions. Our train out of Beograd was actually physically blocked by employees 100 meters out from the station. When we finally got going they used the red light at a lot of crossings to slow down the train. In this situation we don’t really know what engines were used. It felt like the smell of diesel was in the air for most of the time. Asking about how the electricity was produced we just get the answer that it is a mix , depending on the market. Coal, nuclear, water power. Somewhere this is probably monitored, but those figures are not accessible to us.